Urban Kitchen is a recreational cooking school located in charming South Pasadena. Our contemporary kitchen is located a few blocks away from the Mission Street Metro Gold Line and weekly Farmer’s Market. Urban Kitchen’s mission is to bring people together to LEARN, CREATE, and SAVOR delicious, seasonal meals. 

Our chef instructors are classically trained with real world experience. Our philosophy on food and eating is to start with the freshest ingredients available, taking time to prepare and enjoy each bite and connect with friends and family.  


Owner & Chef Instructor

Michelle’s love of food and cooking is deeply rooted in her childhood and forever linked to family, friends and lively conversation. Several years ago she left a career as a corporate executive in the broadcast industry to reconnect with her culinary passion. Michelle opened Urban Kitchen in 2013 as a place for people to explore the limitless possibilities of making delicious meals with fresh ingredients. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu with restaurant and test kitchen experience, Michelle enjoys sharing industry tips & techniques and how to apply them to everyday cooking at home.

Chef Instructor

After a decade touring the US and Europe as lead guitarist for the all-girl punk band The Red Aunts, Terri traded her guitar for a skillet and quickly became one of LA's most popular caterers. She is the owner and Chef de Cuisine of the wildly successful Spotted Hen Catering, formerly Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock and author of 'The Auntie Em's Cookbook'. Terri's passion for food and music make her one of our favorite chef instructors.